The government has already said it would purchase 100 million doses of a vaccine currently being trialed by Oxford University in partnership with AstraZeneca.
In the pre-clinical phase, the vaccine candidate was found to elicit a strong immune response in multiple animal species like mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits
Demonstrators reflect long-running fears among some in Africa over testing drugs on people who don’t understand the risks.
This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said he is cautiously optimistic there will be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year or early 2021.
IVRI is one of the few institutes in the country which has been testing both human and animal samples for COVID-19.